In Los Angeles, California, is it better for an individual plaintiff to file a lawsuit against a large corporation in Federal District Court or California State Superior Court?
A: Many cases cannot be filed in federal court. To file, the subject matter of the lawsuit must either bebased upon federal law, or the defendant must not be domiciled in California (assuming that the plaintiff "is" domiciled in California), and the amount in controversey, exclusive of fees and cost must exceed $75,000.
A corporation is domiciled either in its state of incorporation or at its principal place of business.
That said, in my view, a federal court is a better place to conduct a lawsuit, primarily because (1) the judges are generally more competent, (2) the jury pool is better, because the juror fees are higher, (3) the federal rules of civil procedure are "cleaner" than the California rules, which makes the entire case, from discovery through trial and appeal, less burdensome to handle. However, these factors do not necessarily translate into lower litigation costs, because attorneys who appear in federal court generally charge more for their time.
Also, federal courthouses are a lot nicer than L.A. Superior Court, generally speaking.
Hope this helps.
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